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Energy-Efficiency & Building Energy Usage

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Why is energy efficiency important?

There are many benefits to having a building that operates efficiently; the most obvious being reduced energy and operational costs.

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Save Money and Energy During the Winter Season.

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Making sure exterior doors have adequate weather stripping along the bottom and sides of the door jam to help to prevent air infiltration. Programming your thermostat to automatically adjust at times when your home is unoccupied. This works well with individuals who have regular schedules. Having an energy audit done by their utility company to help them to identify energy saving measures. And especially to inspect insulation levels to ensure that they are up to code. If there’s not enough, they may be spending more on their heating bill. For newer homes that have several can light fixtures…these can be […]

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2012 Iowa Association of REALTORs Convention

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Emily and Jesse attended the 2012 Iowa Association of REALTORs (IAR) Convention at the Scheman Center in Ames on September 26th and 27th.  The association organized the annual convention to gather real estate agents, developers, and contractors all around Iowa.  The convention brings them an opportunity to continue education and training, discuss important state and national legislation, and meet and share experiences with other agents.  TEG attended the convention to communicate to IAR members about energy analysis and building performance, the importance of utility relationships and rebates, and energy efficiency services that TEG offers.  We were able to remind attendees […]

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Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

We partner with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC).  SEDAC provides free energy assessments, trainings and technical assistance to public sector entities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout Illinois.  The program is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and public utilities across the state. To date, the program has assessed the energy efficiency potential of more than 900 buildings throughout the state, identifying $38.6 million in potential annual cost savings. We look forward to working with SEDAC to assist Illinois customers with their energy efficiency needs! For more information, Illinois customers can contact Emily Rice […]

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“Money For Motors” Incentive Program

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Commercial and industrial customers of MidAmerican Energy that are experiencing high energy costs, poor plant efficiency, unscheduled downtime, or high maintenance costs can now take part in the new “Money for Motors” Program. All commercial and industrial customers have the opportunity to receive a bounty for replacing any existing Pre-EPAct (pre 1997) operating motors through the program.  The following is a highlight of  motor requirements. Existing motors must: Be Pre-EPAct (pre-1997) up to 500hp. Currently be in operation. Operate at a minimum of 2,000 hours Be replaced with a NEMA premium motor. (List of NEMA Premium Motors) Be environmentally recycled. For […]

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Thank you & Happy New Year!

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

As 2011 is coming to a close, we would like to take time to say thank you to all of our new and returning customers! We value the relationships we have built and continue to build over the last 20 years. Our services reach across the Midwest to include Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.  This year we continued to expand our energy efficiency services to an ever-evolving industry; developing our new turn-key auditing software for commercial assessments, integrating PC Power Management to our assessment service package, and introducing Recommissioning to our Tools & Services. We also entered […]

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Utility Costs Tied to Mortgages in SAVE Act

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) introduced a new bipartisan bill to Congress on October 19 titled the The SAVE (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy) Act. Drafted to include energy efficiency appraisals and energy costs into the mortgage guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, this bill aims to increase the demand for more energy efficient homes. The sought after changes to the mortgage guidelines would apply to most new home mortgages and refinancing across the United States. Home buyers will be enabled to consider operational (energy) costs when searching  for a home and would even be able […]

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